Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath orders officials to conduct an examination in a transparent manner within a month.
The Uttar Pradesh government, led by the BJP, canceled the TET (Teacher Eligibility Test) exam scheduled for Sunday after police discovered the questionnaire had been leaked.
While 26 people involved in the alleged leak were arrested, opposition parties raised concerns about the incident and accused the government of corruption in such recruitments.
Nearly 20 lakh candidates showed up for the exam, ADG law and order law enforcement Prashant Kumar said when announcing the cancellation of the exam at a press conference here.
Kumar said police had found photographic copies of the WhatsApp question and message paper showing him and the responses of some of the detainees. “The copies of the photographs were shared with the Government and it came to light that these questions were the ones that were on the exam questionnaire,” said Mr. Kumar.
However, the officer said that the exams had not arrived at the test centers on Sunday. The Special Task Force will investigate the matter.
“No person or institution involved in this will be saved,” the officer said.
Most of the defendants belonged to Prayagraj (16), while in Shamli three people were arrested with 10 copies of the question paper that they had bought for ₹ 5 lakh and had taken ₹ 50,000 from 50-60 candidates to give them access and help. them in memorizing the questions, police said.
The main defendant was identified as Rajendra Patel of Pratapgarh, who, according to the police, was the leader of the gang. Another defendant, Sunny Singh from Gaya in Bihar, provided fixers to the Bihar gang, police alleged. A candidate was also arrested in Chitrakoot.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered officials to conduct the TET in a transparent manner within a month. Those found involved in the leak will be slapped with the Gangster Law and their property will also be confiscated, Adityanath said at an event in eastern UP.
The government said candidates do not need to fill out new forms or pay again.
The sudden cancellation left the candidates stranded, after which the government had provided them with buses to return to their home districts free of charge.
Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav said the leak of the paper was akin to playing with the future of 20 lakhs from unemployed candidates.
Yadav said that UP had reached the peak of corruption in education. “Paper leaks and cancellation of exams and results are common under the BJP government,” he said.
Demanding a high-level investigation, BSP Chairman Mayawati said the government must guarantee strict legal punishment for the culprits, he said.
Congress Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said corruption was at its peak in the UP and accused the Yogi Adityanath government of protecting the “big shot” in paper leak cases like this one.